|Affiliations:||DeBakey Executive Research Leadership Program|
|Project Leader:||Connie Barroso Garcia
Students participating in the spring have the opportunity to develop and co-author a poster using lab data to present at Texas A&M’s Student Research Week
|We are mostly a VIRTUAL LAB. Our main lab activities and tasks are done online with all necessary files accessed through Microsoft Teams. Students must:
• Either have reliable access to a laptop or desktop computer with headphones, video/audio and capabilities, and Zoom OR be able to go to a shared space on Texas A&M’s main campus to use the lab computer for weekly hours
• Use Microsoft Teams for lab communication
• Be able to commit to a regular weekly schedule of 3-9 hours each week
• Attend meetings to discuss project updates and other related topics (Most meetings will be virtual. For 1-2 meetings a semester, the lab meeting will be scheduled as an in-person meeting and will be held on campus (in EDCT Harrington Tower)
Team members should:
• Be motivated to learn about psychology and education topics
• Be interested in learning about research and data collection methods in developmental and educational psychology
• Have good interpersonal skills for working with others in an online team environment
• Be responsible and accountable
• Availability for hours between 5pm-7:30pm for after-school online data collection
• Undergraduate students majoring in Psychology or Education with related career goals
• Research credit (must read and acknowledge syllabus requirements)
• Volunteer (during semester or between semesters)
• Work study
|Our lab conducts projects examining affect that children, adolescents, and young adults have about mathematics. These affective factors include emotions like math anxiety, beliefs like those about the malleability of mathematics intelligence, and attitudes like confidence.
Currently, we are running a study to understand the link between a child’s inclination to process ambiguous mathematics stimuli as threatening and math anxiety. Research assistants in the lab make phone calls to participants and collect data in online studies via Zoom with children in 4th – 8th grade and their parents.
We are also running a study aiming to better understand how beliefs about the malleability of intelligence are measured. For this study, research assistants have the opportunity to read and search through information in journal articles to code the many ways that intelligence beliefs are measured in the research literature.
Training will be provided for data collection. Instructions and guidance will be provided for other tasks. Students must get certified through the CITI training to collect data from human research subjects (prior to starting or at the beginning of participation in lab).
Overall, undergraduate students will have the opportunity to:
• gain experience collecting data online via Zoom using surveys with students in middle childhood and their parents;
• engage in the research process, including recruitment and screening of participants;
• use a research database to search for research articles;
• read research articles on math-related learning and affect;
• read through and code journal article information;
• learn about educational and developmental psychology research;
• translate research results and create cohesive images or figures to disseminate findings from research studies through social media (i.e., infographics).
To apply to work in the lab for spring 2023, please download and fill out the following application and send it to Dr. Barroso with your CV/Resume by Monday, January 9th, 2023: